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International Deals Roll in for Georgian Hijack Movie ‘Hostages’

WestEnd Films has sealed a raft of deals for “Hostages,” Rezo Gigineishvili’s fictionalized retelling of a real-life 1980s hijacking, which screened at this year’s Berlinale.

Kinovista has landed the rights for France, where the film was released this week. Elsewhere, rights went to Lucky Dogs in Scandinavia, Merlino in Italy, Karma in Spain, and Jushi in China. HBO Europe has taken pay-TV rights for its channels in Eastern Europe.

The movie’s international trailer has just been released, ahead of its screening at the Sarajevo Film Festival. It is also in the lineups of the Melbourne and New Zealand film festivals.

Hostages” is a Georgia-Russia co-production. It was produced by Gigineishvili through NEBO Film Company, with Russia’s Mikhail Fenogenov, independent Georgian producer Tamara Tatishvili, and Vladimer Katcharava through Georgia’s 20 Steps Productions. Ewa Puszczynska (“Ida”) is also on board through Poland’s Extreme Emotions.

The film is set in Soviet-controlled Georgia in 1983 and follows the attempts of a young couple, Nika and Ana, and their friends to escape the Communist regime.  The group puts its plan into action on Nika and Ana’s wedding day, hijacking a plane bound for Turkey, with unforeseen consequences. The hijacking is based on a true story.

Variety called the film an important part of Georgia’s new wave.

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